The authored documentary, One Mile Away, produced by award winning filmmaker Penny Woolcock is due to preview on Channel 4 later this week. The film has been shown at cinemas in London, Birmingham and Liverpool. Following its success at the cinema screening in the heart of the Birmingham community in which it is set the full documentary will be showcased to television audiences.
One Mile Away charts the attempts by two warring gangs in inner city Birmingham, the Burger Bar Boys (B21) and the Johnson Crew (B6), to bring peace to their neighborhoods’. Shot before, during and after the Summer 2011 riots, the documentary follows Penny Woolcock’s hip hop musical 1 Day, which was informed by the same postcode wars. The film follows their painstaking journey to recruit more supporters from both sides taking place over two years. They get advice from Jonathan Powell, who oversaw the Good Friday Agreement, and the Birmingham riots erupt.
The production has already won the Michael Powell Award for the Best British Feature Film at the 2012 Edinburgh Film Festival . It will be shown on Channel 4 on Thursday 11th April at 11.10pm.
One Mile Away is going on the road. As part of a campaign to improve communities and inspire discussion of knife and gang culture, The Road to Freedom Tour will start on the 15th April and will see visits to schools, youth centers and young offenders institutes. The Kickstarter project aims to raise funds to support the cast on their tour.